Lifelong learning is a key building block in promoting personal, social and societal well‑being. Including learning in the Healthy City framework ensures that non-formal and informal learning opportunities is a valued contributor to the overall health, prosperity, and resilience of Vancouverites.
Some benefits of lifelong learning include:
People engaged in lifelong learning are better prepared to participate in civic life and work collaboratively to address common challenges.
We use a number of data sources to monitor trends in the health of the city. We monitor progress toward Lifelong Learning using data from the federal census program, public library program and use statistics and other sources relating to learning and technology.
Access to the internet
Reading for general pleasure or interest
Participation in a learning event or program
High-school graduation and post-secondary education rates for Aboriginal people
The six-year high school completion rate for Aboriginal students is 48%, compared to 88% for all students (2015 - 2016)
Source: BC Ministry of Education, School District Reports
59% of Aboriginal persons aged 25 to 64 had a post-secondary certificate, compared to 73% of all persons (2011)
Source: Statistics Canada, National Household Survey
Steps toward achieving this goal in the first four years of the Healthy City Strategy.
Visit the Vancouver Public Library website.
The Vancouver Learning Guide is your destination to discover free non-formal learning events in Vancouver.
We operate 24 community centres around the city. Find out where they are and what programs and services they offer.
Healthy City Action Plan 2015 - 2018
See what we've got planned to help meet our goals.